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Imovane

Last updated on 19/10/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Zopiclone

CHINESE NAME: 憶夢返 / 宜眠安 / 白瓜子

DRUG CLASS: Hypnotics

SUB CLASS: Non-benzodiazepines

USED FOR: Insomnia

AVAILABLE DOSAGE FORMS:
– 7.5mg (tablets)

What is Imovane for?

Imovane is a brand product that contains Zopiclone, which belongs to a class of non-benzodiazepine. It works by enhancing the effect of a certain chemical in your brain in order to induce sleepiness. It is used short-term only to treat insomnia.

How to use it?

Imovane is available as tablets. The usual adult dose is 3.75 mg once daily at bedtime, and may increase up to 7.5 mg as maximum daily dose. Use not more than 7-10 consecutive days.

What are the side effects of Imovane?

Common side effects of Imovane include irregular heartbeat, sweating and shivering.

Who should not take Imovane?

– People who are allergic to Zopiclone or any component of the formulation
– Patients with severe respiratory impairment
– Patients with myasthenia gravis
– Patients with severe hepatic insufficiency
– Patients with a history of complex sleep behaviors (after taking any non-benzodiazepine sedative)

Pharmacist Tips:

– Before taking a hypnotic like Imovane, it is recommended to try supplements like Melatonin or adjust your sleeping routine to maintain a good sleeping hygiene.
– Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert after you take this drug. You may still feel sleepy the day after you take this drug. Avoid these tasks or actions until you feel fully awake (at least 12 hours after taking your dose).
– Avoid alcohol use while taking this medication.

Common dosing schedule:
Imovane should be taken right before you get into bed.

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Imovane may interact with:
Flunitrazepam
Hydroxyzine
– Opioids, e.g. Oxycodone, Fentanyl, Morphine
– Antifungals, e.g. Itraconazole, Ketoconazole
– Anticonvulsants, e.g. Phenobarbital, Phenytoin

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Imovane in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Imovane is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Imovane in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.